Mazda CX-30 Review

The Mazda CX-30 SUV sits between Mazda’s CX-3 and CX-5 in terms of size. It seats five, is well equipped and can be had with Mazda’s frugal new Skyactiv-X petrol engine.


This score is awarded by our team of expert reviewers after extensive testing of the car

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Overall verdict

The best way to explain Mazda’s SUV line-up is this: if you had a set of Mazda SUV Russian dolls, you’d crack open a CX-5 and find the Mazda CX-30 nestling inside. Crack the CX-30 apart, and out would fall a CX-3.

The fact they all look alike, though, is no bad thing – they all look fantastic. This is handy, as the CX-30 needs to fend off stylish SUV competition such as the Audi Q3, BMW X2 and Seat Ateca.

From launch, the Mazda CX-30 comes with the choice of two petrol engines, both 2.0-litres in size. The first is a 122hp four-cylinder, the second a 180hp four-cylinder with clever technology that means it has the smoothness of a petrol, but the low down pull of a diesel engine and lower CO2 emission. Later, though, a diesel is likely to join the line-up too.

The CX-30 looks like the love child of a CX-3 and CX-5 – it looks great. What’s with the name, though? It’s confusingly close to CX-3. Trouble is, CX-4 is already used in China. Oops.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

A six-speed manual is standard, or there’s the choice of a six-speed automatic with either engine. All-wheel drive is an option on the higher-powered petrol.

Five trims are on offer: SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech. All come well equipped, but the pick is SE Lux because it’s still sensibly priced, but adds some choice equipment that’s worth stumping up for over the entry-level SE-L.

We’ll have a full review on the Mazda CX-30 once we’ve been behind the wheel. Until then, why not check out our Mazda deals pages?

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